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Fake Thanksgiving Program

user: Allison Jonjak

Table of Contents

  1. With Thanks to the Dean by Steve Zakon-Anderson
  2. All You Can Eat by Ted Crane
  3. Sweet Potatoes by John Coffman
  4. Marshmallows in Flight by Rich Goss
  5. Parkay: Ode to a Dance Floor by Jim Hemphill
  6. Waltz

  7. La String Bean by Ron T. Blechner
  8. Pecan Pie by Jim Hemphill
  9. November Night by Jim Hemphill
  10. Butter by Gene Hubert
  11. Waltz

With Thanks to the Dean

by: Steve Zakon-Anderson

introduces moves: allemande, chain, swing, circle, slide along set, do si do

formation: improper, double progression

A1 8
neighbors allemande left 1½
8
ladles chain to partner
A2 8
ladles allemande right once
8
partners swing
B1 8
circle left 4 places
2
slide left along set ⁋
6
circle left 3 places
B2 8
neighbors do si do once
8
neighbors allemande right 1½ ⁋

This dance written for the longtime dean of contra dance calling, Ralph Page of New Hampshire, who for many years helped keep contra dancing alive in rural New England in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. It’s appropriate he is honored here with one of the best-flowing dances ever written.

All You Can Eat

by: Ted Crane

introduces moves: gyre, meltdown swing, star

formation: improper

A1 8
next neighbors gyre once
8
ladles allemande left 1½
A2 16
partners meltdown swing
B1 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing
B2 8
star left 4 places
8
neighbors gyre left shoulders once ⁋

(B2 ) Face across, your current neighbor is next to you; your Next neighbor is on the other side of you. Form a left hand star, ladles look back over their left shoulder to gyre their current neighbor. (A1) Find your next neighbor. The dance starts over with a right shoulder 'round with next neighbor.

Sweet Potatoes

by: John Coffman

introduces moves: box the gnat, hey, long lines

formation: improper

A1 8
neighbors balance & box the gnat
8
gentlespoons start a half hey - lefts in center, rights on ends
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 8
circle left 3 places
8
partners swing
B2 8
long lines forward & back
8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½ ⁋

face new neighbors to star the dance over
Pair dance with Sweet Potato Pie

Marshmallows in Flight

by: Rich Goss

introduces moves: balance the ring, roll away, give & take, California twirl

formation: improper

A1 4
balance the ring
4
gentlespoons roll away neighbors with a half sashay along
4
balance the ring
4
gentlespoons roll away partners with a half sashay across
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 4
gentlespoons give & take partners
12
partners swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
4
balance the ring
4
partners California twirl ⁋

Parkay: Ode to a Dance Floor

by: Jim Hemphill

introduces moves: right left through, form a long wave

formation: Becket ccw

A1 8
right left through
8
star left 3 places
A2 8
gentlespoons dance in to a long wave in the center - balance the wave ⁋
4
gentlespoons allemande right ½
8
next neighbors swing
8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles allemande right 1½
16
partners balance & swing

Jim Hemphill notes:

In A2 the neighbor swing tends to end with couples "saw toothed" so during the long lines in B1 couples can shift slightly to the left to re-align across from their partner.
When waiting out at the ends, have the ladle on the left and gentlespoons on the right.

Written in honor of the late, loose parquet floor at the Contra Hilton, home of Bob Green, Martha Edwards, and many a calling party.

first published at: http://dancevideos.childgrove.org/contra/contra-modern/539-parkay-ode-to-a-dance-floor-by-jim-hemphill-ccw-becket

Waltz

La String Bean

by: Ron T. Blechner

introduces moves: custom, turn alone, promenade

formation: circle mixer

A1 8
ladles to the center and back
2
gentlespoons to the center
4
gentlespoons turn alone
2
gentlespoons go back
A2 8
partners allemande left 1½ (gentlespoons progress CCW, ladles progress CW) ⁋
8
next neighbors do si do once (now your partner)
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 16
partners promenade along the set on the right

Pecan Pie

by: Jim Hemphill

introduces moves: form an ocean wave, form long waves, box circulate

formation: proper

please check wave constituency

A1 8
neighbors do si do once
4
form an ocean wave & balance - ladles by left hands and neighbors by right hands
4
neighbors allemande right ¾
A2 0
form long waves - ladles face in, gentlespoons face out
8
balance & box circulate - ladles cross while gentlespoons loop right
8
partners swing
B1 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing
B2 8
partners balance & box the gnat
8
twos swing in the center, end facing up ⁋

November Night

by: Jim Hemphill

formation: improper

A1 8
gentlespoons do si do once
8
ladles allemande left 1½
A2 16
partners balance & swing
B1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
neighbors swing
B2 8
neighbors promenade across
8
long lines forward & back ⁋

Bradley Smith Notes:
The first time through the dance, the gentlespoons do-si-do in A1 is with the couple that you start the dance with. Every time after that, the gentlespoons have to look to the left to find the next gentlespoon to do-si-do. It's a very simple progression that just requires reminding gentlepoons that they must look to the left every time through the dance after the first to find the next gentlespoon to Do-si-do.

Butter

by: Gene Hubert

formation: Becket

A1 2
slide left along set ⁋
6
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles chain
B1 16
ladles start a full hey - rights in center, lefts on ends
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Waltz